Grand Canyon University's Accelerated Nursing Program to offer scholarships

GCU Level 2 nursing students Ava Williamson, left, and Rylie Craig in the Sim Lab at the College of Nursing & Health Care Professions. June 1, 2022.

(May 23, 2023) – Grand Canyon University is continuing its efforts to address the nursing shortage in Arizona by offering need-based scholarships that cover the partial or full cost of tuition and fees for students in its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program.

Eligible applicants will receive a scholarship up to the cost of tuition and fees for the ABSN clinical program, once all other federal and gift aid is awarded. The scholarship requires the recipient to serve as a nurse in Arizona for at least four years after graduation.

Funding for the scholarship comes from the Arizona Department of Health Services. GCU is one of five Arizona universities to receive a combined $43.1 million in funding to pay tuition for hundreds of nursing students.

“We are proud to be a part of this state-wide initiative to address the ongoing nursing shortage,” said Dr. Lisa Smith, Dean of GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions. “This grant lines up with GCU’s work to prioritize and expand nursing education opportunities across the state for those who are answering the call to serve others. Assisting our ABSN students financially allows this group of students to focus their attention on their education and ultimately help address the nursing shortage in Arizona faster.”

GCU’s ABSN program is designed for individuals who have a non-nursing college education and are interested in pursuing a career in nursing. The ABSN program builds upon the student’s education by following a logical, effective sequence of coursework, skills labs, immersive simulation and clinical rotations over a 16-month time span. Upon completion of the program students must sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

GCU recently announced the university will open ABSN locations in Chandler and west Phoenix in September, joining two other sites in the Valley, one in Tucson and one each in Utah and Nevada.

Applications for GCU’s ABSN Arizona Nursing Service Scholarship Award open May 15 and close June 15, 2023. Successful candidates will be notified of the scholarship award, which cannot be combined with any other offers. Limited spots are available. For more information, visit https://nursingscholarships.gcu.edu/

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About Grand Canyon University: Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona’s premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers 312 academic programs, emphases and certificates for both traditional undergraduate students and working professionals. The University’s curriculum emphasizes interaction with classmates, both in-person and online, and individual attention from instructors while fusing academic rigor with Christian values to help students find their purpose and become skilled, caring professionals. For more information, visit gcu.edu.

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